"Someone got paaaid!" seems to be the reaction on Twitter following news that Kevin Spacey’s sexual assault accuser abruptly dropped his civil suit against him. The Oscar-winner still faces criminal charges from the alleged incident at a court hearing set for Monday.
Spacey has pleaded not guilty. The unnamed accuser, who was 18 at the time of the incident, was one of just many men who came forward with allegations of misconduct against Spacey, but his was the only case in which the claims would hold up in court.
The accuser's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, filed notice of the dismissal in court Friday, adding that it was made "with prejudice and without costs to any party."
"Plaintiff states that because no adverse party has served an answer or motion for summary judgment in this matter, plaintiff is voluntarily dismissing this civil action by filing this notice of dismissal," the document reads.
Monday’s hearing, many observers say, could make or break the case. The accuser has been ordered to turn over a cellphone that allegedly contains evidence, and Garabedian said last month that the phone is MIA. Screenshots of text messages from the phone were turned over to police, but Spacey’s legal team believes the accuser tampered with the phone and deleted certain messages before sending the screenshots to police.
Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is turning up the heat on Spacey, according to reports. British officers questioned the actor about six alleged assaults that took place between 1996 and 2013. Police released a statement, saying:"He was not arrested. Inquiries are ongoing."
In all, 20 men have accused Spacey of misconduct during his stint of artistic director of London’s Old Vic.